Thursday, June 14, 2007

blogito ergo yinz

I actually try not to recommend too many other blogs or list a big local blogroll. It's not that I don't think there are plenty of blogs worth reading, but I am always afraid people will think I mean something if one blog or the other is not included. Easier to let others do that. As best I can tell, the most comprehensive omnibus index of the A-list Pittsburgh bloggers is kept by Mike M. over on Pittsblog.

but a quick exception. I think most have already seen Jon Delano's new blog on local politics: (note to Jon, your old blog is still nominally operating: ).

but also, here is something that you may not have seen but worth watching. A Downtown denizen has just started: No mincing of words there.


Blogger Amos_thePokerCat said...

No mincing is right. Man, I and thought I was cranky.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 3:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So DeSantis has started a blog. Or is it Eve Picker? Either way, it's hard to tell whether they're trying to shame Luke or discourage people from living and visiting Downtown.

And what about the hookers and crack up your way Chris? Apparently, it's only a problem Downtown, at least until the EastSideLiberty people start a blog.

And I don't know about Delano's blog. He's had two posts in June--one announcing that he is starting a blog and back in business, and the other a lengthy conservative screed on immigration, which you yourself have pointed out is a gaping non-issue in Pittsburgh. And in the comments to that post he slams what he terms the political correctness of efforts to properly characterize poor people who enter this country illegally. He even stoops to using the phrase "PC psycho-babble". I'm at a loss as to why everyone in the Pgh. blogosphere is making such a big deal about Delano's lame, so far, effort.

Anonymous in name only ;~>

Saturday, June 16, 2007 8:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wait. I see that the Downtown blog author is "Terry". Could it be Terry Necciai, or did he leave town?

Saturday, June 16, 2007 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Well, I’ll take the last point first. I’ve known Jon some time as has everyone else. And anyway, Delano is Delano so I’m not sure my passing comment was hyping him in any way that he needs from me. He is kind of a multi-media machine at this point and it has been interesting watch him try to master a new outlet. I actually thought my comment on his other extant blog was a little snarky. I bet he lost his password or something. If you count his web section that is also labeled as a blog (a 3rd blog?) it’s actually quite confusing as to what he is up to… but the very fact that he is investing the time is noteworthy.

On Downtown… which always evinces such emotion both pro and con. I just pointed out the blog and didn’t really comment on anything other than its strident tone. Is it a legitimate opinion of someone or really a vehicle for cheap shots with a predetermined agenda? Honestly I am willing to take most blogs and blog comments at their word even though I know full well that is not the case most of the time. It would be funny if it were Desantis’ blog, I have to admit you are not the only one to suggest that possibility to me privately. It would be a little pathological if it were him I think… but a fellow traveler? One test will be if it lasts beyond the election.

As for the ad hominem quips about where I live. I don’t think you find me in any camp overhyping my section of town. I hear gunshots on a regular basis at night. As for other crime. In fact until the B/G newspaper was recently pushed into taking out the police blotter it printed every month, I will fully disclose that I would usually read just to see what is up with many people I have known since childhood. I have no illusions of the state of the street here or elsewhere. I will take the point and ponder why I do not blog about that some more.

Actually… Downtown is such a complex topic. I am in some agreement with Amos who points out on that blog that there has been a lot of positive changes cleaning up Liberty Ave Downtown. That wasn't easy and had to happen if there is any possibility of building a downtown neighborhood. That being said, I am not sure how many people feel that safe walking across town during off hours, in that sense the new blog has a point of view worth debating if nothing else.

Sunday, June 17, 2007 9:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only mentioned your neighborhood to point out that other neighborhoods have at least the same, and usually worse, crime problems than Downtown Pittsburgh has, but we haven't seen anybody blogging about those places ... yet!

Sunday, June 17, 2007 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

to a degree it goes without saying that there is crime in other neighborhoods... so there are not an inordinant number of blog posts on the subject for the same reason the news generally does not cover most crime.

Monday, June 18, 2007 8:07:00 AM  
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